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Demand for long-term UCITS remained robust in April, as the economic outlook for Europe improved

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Net sales of UCITS increased to EUR83 billion in April, up from EUR69 billion in March, as all fund categories attracted net new money during the month, according to The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) latest Investment Funds Industry Fact Sheet,

Long-term UCITS (UCITS excluding money market funds) continued to register large net inflows (EUR66 billion), albeit lower than in March (EUR71 billion). 

Bond funds posted reduced net sales of EUR22 billion compared to EUR26 billion March.

Equity funds experienced a turnaround in net flows to register inflows of EUR6 billion, against net outflows of EUR3 billion in March.

Balanced funds registered net inflows of EUR 29 billion, down from EUR39 billion in March.
 
Money market funds registered a turnaround in net sales in March to post net inflows of EUR16 billion, compared to net outflows of EUR2 billion in March.  
 
Total non-UCITS net sales amounted to EUR16 billion, compared to EUR18 billion in March.  Net sales of special funds (funds reserved to institutional investors) recorded a second consecutive month of net inflows of EUR12 billion.
 
Total net assets of UCITS stood at EUR 9,036 billion at end April 2015, representing a 0.4 percent increase during the month. Total net assets of non-UCITS decreased 0.2 percent to stand at EUR3,541 billion at month end.  Overall, total net assets of the European investment fund industry stood at EUR12,577 billion at end April 2015.  
 
Bernard Delbecque, Director of Economics and Research, says: “Demand for long-term UCITS remained robust in April as the economic outlook for Europe improved following the launch of quantitative easing by the ECB.”

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